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Abe, Kōbō 1924-1993

Overview
Works: 638 works in 1,837 publications in 5 languages and 16,890 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Psychological fiction  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Allegories  Interviews  Experimental films  Fantasy films 
Roles: Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Composer, Writer of accompanying material, Other
Classifications: PL845.B4, 895.635
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kōbō Abe
The woman in the dunes by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
60 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this famous postwar Japanese novel, the first of Abe's to be translated into English, Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist in pursuit of a rare specimen of beetle, wanders into a strange seaside village, whose residents all live in sandpits. He is taken prisoner, and, along with a widow cast out by the community, he is forced to move into her sandpit and continually shovel away the sand that threatens to take over the village. In Niki's struggles to escape his prison and his developing relationship with the woman, he gradually comes to understand the existential nature of life
The box man by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
30 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett
The ruined map by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
32 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity
Inter Ice age 4 by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
30 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The face of another by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
44 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this intellectual horror story, a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident--a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other people. Even his wife is now repulsed by him. His only entry back into the world is to create a mask so perfect as to be undetectable. But soon he finds that such a mask is more than a disguise--it is an alternate self, a self that is capable of anything
Secret rendezvous by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
20 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As a jump-shoe salesman searches for his wife in a sinister underground hospital, his fascination with the hospital's strange inhabitants, including a girl whose bones are gradually liquefying, causes him to barely notice his wife's unspeakable circumstances
The ark Sakura by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
10 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an "ark" capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust and is now in search of his crew. He falls victim, however, to the wiles of a con-man-cum-insect-dealer. In the surreal drama that ensues, the ark is invaded by a gang of youths and a sinister group of elderly people called the Broom Brigade, lead by Mole's odious father, while Mole becomes trapped in the ark's central piece of equipment, a giant toilet powerful enough to flush almost anything, including chopped-up humans, out to sea--Publisher's description
Friends; [play] by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
17 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kangaroo notebook : a novel by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One man's hell at the hands of the health establishment in Japan. It begins when he discovers radishes sprouting from his shins. Admitted to hospital, he finds himself in the grip of bizarre forces: a self-propelled hospital bed, doctors intent on curing the wrong ailments, infant ghosts and mysterious windstorms
The man who turned into a stick : three related plays by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
8 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara by Hiroshi Teshigahara ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Woman in the dunes: An amateur entomologist leaves Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune
Otoshiana Pitfall ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in Japanese and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny
Tanin no kao The face of another ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Okuyama, after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations
The frontier within : essays by Abe Kōbō by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abe Kobo (1924-1993) was one of Japan's greatest postwar writers, recognized widely for his science fiction and plays of the absurd. He also wrote keen theoretical criticism for which he is lesser known, merging literary, historical, and philosophical perspectives. From the nature of creativity to the evolution of the human species, Abe tackled contemporary social issues and literary theory with the depth and facility of a visionary thinker
Suna no onna by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
26 editions published between 1900 and 2005 in Japanese and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Salaryman and amateur entomologist, Junpei, is not fitting in at work ; he takes a seaside holiday to clear his mind and collect insects. He is kept as a prisoner in the seaside village, to help fight off the ever-encroaching dunes. Junpei becomes sexually embroiled with a widow, whose hole-in-the-sand house he shares
La femme des sables by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
29 editions published between 1964 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Par un romancier et médecin japonais, l'histoire d'un professeur qui se retrouve par hasard dans un petit village perpétuellement menacé d'être englouti par le sable. Des êtres solidaires dans l'esclavage, condition même de leur survie. Toute évasion, dans ce contexte, appelle une punition ... Un film a été tiré du roman, par Teshigahara
Die Frau in den Dünen; Roman by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
29 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in German and Undetermined and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kabe atsuki heya ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted by Abe Kōbō from the diaries of real prisoners
Suna no onna Woman in the dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in Japanese and French and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In de Japanse duinen woont een vrouw alleen op de bodem van een diepe kuil. Op een dag brengen de dorpsbewoners haar een man die niet kan ontsnappen
Moetsukita chizu by Kōbō Abe ( Book )
20 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Abe, kimifusa
Abé, Kimifusa, 1924-1993
Abe, Kimifusa 1924-1993 Wirklicher Name
Abe, Kimihisa, 1924-1993
Abe, Kimufisa, 1924-1993
Abe, Kõbõ
Abě, Kobo, 1924-1993
Abe, Koubou, 1924-1993.
Ābī, Kūbū, 1924-1993
An-pu, Kung-fang, 1924-1993
Anbu, Gongfang, 1924-1993
Kōbō, Abe.
Kõbõ, Abe, 1924-1993
Абэ, Кобо, 1924-1993
‏كوبو آبي، 1924-1993
アベ, キミフサ
アベ, コウボウ, 1924-1993
阿部公房, 1924-1993
安部, 公房
安部, 公房, 1924-1993
安部公房, 1924-
安部公房, 1924-1993
Languages
English (295)
Japanese (113)
French (29)
German (28)
Korean (1)
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